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Best Best & Krieger Partner Steve Anderson was recently quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article about a unanimous ruling to classify bumblebees as fish to provide them protections under California’s endangered species law, which was originally written to protect endangered birds, mammals, fish, amphibia and reptiles.

When asked about the legal definition of “fish,” Steve, a member of the firm’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group, said “the definition was set in 1969, and it has come home to roost here 50 years later.”

The article notes that “the animal kingdom confusion kicked off four years ago when public interest groups asked California to include four types of bumblebee on its list of endangered species,” as bee populations are in decline.

Subscribers can read the entire article, “When Is a Bumblebee a Fish? When a California Court Says So,” here.

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